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webmaster | 05/10/13

We’ve all heard complaints from people who don’t think the city and Caltrans are moving ahead quickly enough with all the road work that’s under way right now, but I don’t think those complaints are justified.

In fact, I think the city and Caltrans are moving quickly to get city street improvements and the widening of State Route 99 done as quickly as possible.

The relatively rain-free winter has made work possible during more days than had been expected.

The Ellis Street overpass has been done for a while now, and it seems almost like it has been there for quite a while. Those of us who’ve gotten used to using it enjoy the convenience it offers going both ways across the freeway. Over the years, when you add up the motorist-hours it will save, the total will be astonishing.

I find it helps me avoid the Cleveland-Gateway-Country Club mashup, which not only saves time, but also nerves. The work on the job was done quickly and well.

Likewise, the repairs on E. 4th Street. I drove along that thoroughfare just yesterday and was surprised by how much smoother, quicker and safer the trip was. When that job is completed on W. 4th Street to Sunset, we will see an even more improved street system. That work will include the widening of the 4th Street bridge over the freeway, along with improvement of the access ramps.

I Street is a little bumpy right now, but it won’t be that way for long. Soon we’ll enjoy new pavement along that portion of the street.

The improvements on the freeway will be very noticeable. Adding the extra lane on both sides will increase traffic capacity by 50 percent, which will make it safer and more comfortable to drive.

Yes, all this roadwork makes for a little inconvenience right now, but what great improvements are in store for us.


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